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    I checked the ad it seems ok. He's been on gumtree since 2012 so that's reassuring.
    Dh is lazy and won't do any yard work. Looking forward to having our view back, all the bushes have become overgrown so we can't see past our back fence.

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    Most likely this person isn't registered for business, therefore charges a cheaper rate.

    I wouldn't judge them as dodgy based on this. Keep their contact details like a PP suggested and see how it goes.

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    I think you'll be fine. It's the luck of the draw really!

    I had a "legit" tradesman in once (DH organised him) and he made me feel so uncomfortable in my own home. He was grumpy, swearing under his breath and turned the house into doom and gloom. He only acted like that when I was in the room... Started whistling when I left the room. His phone rang at one stage and he was like "who the eff is that?!" Then answered in the nicest manner. So bizzare. When I told my DH, he was shocked, said he was so polite and nice on the phone. It's funny now but was bad at the time.

    On a side note, I always take car details down discreetly when I'm home alone with babies.

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    I always hire the cheap guys...never had an issue. They're either between jobs, young and just starting out, or officially retired but like to have a bit of income.
    Never had an issue, or felt uncomfortable.

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    If he has done a good job you can give him $100 instead of $80, that way you won't feel so bad.

    I wouldn't worry about it, I have found people on gumtree for my yard a few times and never had an issue. It's mainly just people supplementing income. The biggest issue I have had was with people who have a registered business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    Sometimes it's retirees supplementing their income, or people just trying to make ends meet. We frequently use gumtree or church bulletin boards to find people to do odd jobs.
    This.

    My dad used to paint houses in his retirement.

    If a painter quoted $1000, dad would do it for $600, cash in hand.

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    Default Would you trust a cheap labourer?

    Just make sure you have public liability insurance to cover you for any workers that come into your property that may not have their own insurances - there is usually nothing wrong with hiring most handyman/casual workers instead of professionals but with all our properties we manage all our tradies/handymen must be insured
    ( plus I would ask for a reference!)
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    Default Would you trust a cheap labourer?

    Just wanted to post an update.
    It was a young guy, friendly and polite. I offered him cold drinks but he declined, having brought his own. He did such a good job we got him back again today.
    He's doing this as a way to make money and build experience and references- he's hoping to get a job in a nursery or in bush regeneration or start his own proper gardening and landscaping business in the future.

    Eta: I did tip him. He says that's often the case that people will give him more so that's why he's really happy to charge so little. If people want to pay more because they are pleased that makes him happy too.
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    Wow. Glad to hear it turned out well. He did a good job!

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